Good Fruit in Staten Island
I'm looking for recommendations for good fruit stores, or supermarkets that you've found to carry really good fruit, in Staten Island. I can rarely find sweet and juicy canteloupes, honeydews, nectarines,peaches, etc. I think that there's a farmers' market in St. George on Saturdays, but that's not an option for me.
I live in the Willowbrook area, and used to shop in Happy Farms on Victory Blvd., but that's really gone downhill. I haven't found consistently decent fruit in Top Tomato, on Victory, or in any of the local supermarkets, such as Waldbaum's, Shoprite, Pathmark, or Stop n Shop. This is not to say that I never find decent fruit in any of these places, but it is rare. For the most part the peaches and nectarines are either dry and mealy, or juicy, but not sweet.
As for melons, I've found that they are also disappointing for the most part. Many fruits never seem to ripen. This year seems worse than usual.
I seem to remember that years ago, it was much easier to find delicious produce. If anyone has any good suggestions in Willowbrook, or within reasonable driving distance, I would really appreciate your input.
Thanks so much!
I'm pretty sure that there was a greenmarket at Richmondtown, but I don't see it on the Greenmarket map, so maybe they closed it this year. Oh, well... I agree, produce in the supermarkets is generally of a poor quality. I've sometimes found some good produce in KM Supermarket on Forest Ave. in Mariner's Harbor (?), but they're hit-and-miss, too. But they certainly have a bigger variety of mediocre produce than Shoprite and Pathmark.
Sorry that this is probably not helpful to you, but anyway..
I think the selection and quality of fruit at Family Fruit
is pretty decent. It's located on Hylan Blvd and Greeley Ave.
You just have to keep in mind that fruit ripened to the level you describe is only a day or two away from being overripe.
(Wegman's actually has their fruit offerings marked with "use today" or "use within 2 days", etc. ) What I like about Family Fruit is that they have very good fully ripened seasonal offerings at great prices. EG:Two weeks ago. I bought delicious cherries for something ridiculous
like 69 cents a lb. They were scrumptious, but had to be used within a couple of days. It's certainly worth a look see.
They have 2 small parking lots on either side of the store.
Word of caution: The cashiers are all poorly mannered teenage
girls who are completely oblivious to their surroundings and don't know/care how to bag a shopping order. I blame that on poor management but it can be lethal to fragile fruits.
If you come up with places you like I hope you will share your experiences.